Mount & Blade: Warband Reviews
Review - posted by VentilatorOfDoom
on Sat 10 April 2010, 18:52:08
Tags: Mount & Blade
Should you ponder whether to pick up the expansion to M&B at a supposedly reduced bundle price
, here are four more reviews:
And that's the kind of game Mount & Blade is. Together with a vibrant mod-scene, due to the game's high modability and the way Tale Worlds take care of their modding community, Mount & Blade: Warband is just a second attempt for the devs to try to sweep you off your feet. It wouldn't stand much of a chance if one of the great AAA-studios decided to create a game like it, but the thing is that the big AAA-studios don't do games like this anymore. To that I take my hat off to both Tale Worlds and Paradox Interactive, because Mount & Blade - both this new one and the original - show that ambitious game projects created by smaller developers and publishers can be incredible; that they are needed in this era of HD-graphics and multi-million monster games.
For all of the medieval fanatics out there who want a game without the constant magic missiles or rapid fire arrows, Mount and Blade: Warband is where it's at. It's a decently made sword and board first person basher. The game doesn't offer anything amazingly groundbreaking, but it still brings fun to groups of people based on their play style. Whether you want to storm a castle or make the rivers run red with the blood of your foes, Mount and Blade: Warband may have something in store for you.
Mount & Blade: Warband is more expansion than sequel, and is frankly disappointing in the sheer lack of improvements to the single-player experience. If you are just looking at it for the campaign mode, you should give it a miss because the “improvements” are simply not worth the $30 price tag. The multi-player, however, works well enough, and if you’ve really been looking forward to 64 player Mount & Blade, pick it up on Steam or GamersGate and you won’t be so disappointed.
IN SHORT: A hugely ambitious and imaginative but still very roughly hewn simulation of medieval combat.
PROS: Almost unique in concept and combat with hugely satisfying horse combat. Siege multiplayer is great.
CONS: Ugly almost beyond endurance with highly unconvincing non-player characters. Needs a lot of dedication.
Spotted at: GB
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